So today we’ve got a wonderful interview with Kelly Samarah, author of Thorns of Glass.
Thanks for joining us today, Kelly! 🙂 We’re so glad to have you, and get some questions answered!
So first off, where do you call home?
Molalla, Oregon, a little logging town nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Range and just a hop away from the Mt.Hood National Forest. I grew up here, moved to Salem, Oregon for ten years, and just came back a little over a year ago. It’s still small and close-knit.
I’ve gotta ask, what’s your preferred genre to write?
Hhhmmm, I always hate this question. I write. I lean toward the horrific side of the spectrum, but not always. I have several ideas and story lines brewing from all over the board.
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
I always have been a writer. Reading and writing go hand in hand. I am a lover of books. No, let me rephrase that. I am in love with books. In kindergarten I was reading chapter books and getting in trouble for skipping ahead in our reader books. In second grade my teacher made me read all of my short stories aloud in class. Same thing in fourth grade. In junior high I tried my hand at poetry, and discovered I am not a poet. Fast forward to a couple years ago: Life had chewed me up and spit me out. I found myself a single mom, very little money and no future. Writing had been on the back burner for a long time. I decided to go back to school-for Criminal Justice of all things-and took a writing class as an elective. My teacher told me I was cheating myself if I didn’t focus on my love for the craft. I took his words to heart. How do you explain the feeling when you have finally come back to what you were meant to do? Complete? Not a strong enough word, I think. Maybe it’s unexplainable.
So, what stories and/or books do you have released right now?
“Sam Jude was a typical teen growing up in the 1980’s. He loved his little family-his mom, Cheryl and kid brother, James. But when Cheryl brings home her new boyfriend, Ray, Sam’s life is turned upside down. Ray is abusive, but more than that. He has secrets. Sam knows he has to find out what they are-they could be the key to saving his family from Ray’s grip. Sam comes close to revealing Ray’s dark past, but everything changes for him when he wakes up dead. Now he is lost, and his family doesn’t know what happened. Trapped within the walls he was murdered in, Sam is befriended by another spirit, Dahli, who has secrets of her own. Together, Dahli and Sam must find a way to help Cheryl and James before it’s too late.”
“The lines between dream and reality are blurred as Joe fights to escape from the demons in his head.”
My novel and a short story. Both are on the horror side, although Thorns of Glass is a little more complex than that. It deals with domestic abuse, murder, child abuse…it’s a sad read more than scary. The Edge is a straight up psychological thriller. It will also be included in my anthology. Both are available on Amazon, B&N, and Smashwords.
Are you currently working on anything? Any details you can share?
Right now I am getting ready to release a short story collection, called Beneath The Blood Moon. It will be up on Amazon, B&N, and Smashwords on August 25th. The stories are quick, scary reads, more psychological than anything else.
I am also doing what I call Blog-A-Book Friday on my blog. Each week I am posting the roughest of the rough draft chapters to a YA fantasy novel I have been playing around with. It’s been a lot of fun, and I’m hoping at some point I take it seriously and it turns into a book.
I’ve heard to be a great writer, you need to read and read a lot. Do you like to read?
I LOVE to read. Anything, but I prefer horror, sci-fi, and fantasy. The only thing I will not indulge in is romance or erotica. Not my thing.
Wonderful! Those are some of my favorite genres as well. Who are the authors who have inspired you?
Stephen King, Anne Rice, Lois Lowry, Dean Koontz, Madeleine L’Engle, and lately, John Hart and Neal Shusterman. There are so may more, but let’s leave it here, at the risk of me going on and on.
Your novel and short stories are so original, I need to know, where do you get your ideas?
I have so many ideas I carry a small notebook around with me. I want to get a voice recorder, but the thought of listening to myself talk to me is unnerving. I would much rather write it down. I love to give people goose bumps. I blame the “what-if” conversations commonly held with my son and my brothers. The best story ideas come to me after one of those sessions.
Thank you Kelly for those wonderful answers! It’s always awesome to kind of get a glimpse into a writers head! 🙂 I cannot wait to pick up your newest anthology! Best of luck! 🙂
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Kelly Samarah grew up in a small town located in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. When she isn’t busy working on a new story to share with her readers she enjoys cooking, music, painting and of course, reading. She also enjoys spending time with her dog, cat and two children.